10 Business English Phrases for Finance Professionals

Piyush: So now that the business is running on autopilot, can we have a look at new business to expand?

Vishaal: Oh absolutely, I have been researching the online teaching business and from what I can see they’re doing quite well and seem to be making good profits.

Piyush: I agree, we must grow our online business quickly.

Vishaal: You know, I was a bit unsure about online business, but how can we keep our costs low as we grow? Do you use these simple words during your financial meetings?

Piyush: So now that the business is running on autopilot, can we have a look at a new venture to expand?

Vishaal: Oh absolutely, I have been researching the online teaching business and from what I can see they’re doing quite well and seem to be generating a healthy return.

Piyush: I agree, we must now focus on growing our online business more aggressively. Vishaal: You know, I was a bit unsure about online business, but how else can we decrease our overheads and scale up at the same time?

Piyush: Okay, I see where you’re going with this. A way in which the online business will not erode our profitability. Vishaal: Yes, in order for our business valuation to be much better. Piyush: Hmm… how about we look at crowd funding? It’s a common trend now in the current economic market.

Vishaal: That’s a fantastic idea. So far, we have been boot-strapping it, let’s look at getting some proper financial assistance. I am sure there are a lot of people or maybe even other organizations that are looking to make a strategic investment if we offer fair value for their money.

Piyush: Absolutely and the Acid Test Ratio will be if we can turn a big profit immediately so that in the next investor meet, we don’t have to do any Window dressing

Vishaal: True, if we boost our bottom line, we may be able to pay dividends immediately.

Piyush: Agreed. But we’re playing the long game here. All the ratios are improving, however slowly. And it’s a bunch of geniuses running the show over there. I’m pretty confident things are going to work out nicely.

Recap:

Generate a healthy return: To create a good profit for a business. So, if your business is making a profit, you say “Generating a healthy return”.

Grow it more aggressively: To expand a business or part of a business very quickly. So, if looking at expanding either your business or a section of your business, using this term will make it sound much more classy.

Decrease Overheads: Business costs NOT related to direct labor or materials. Basically, fixed costs like advertising, insurance, legal fees, rent, repairs, taxes, telephone bills, travel expenditures, and utilities.

Scale up: To increase in size or number. Usually I have heard the term “Expanding”, however, Scale up is a more senior manager level vocabulary word to use.

Business Valuation: Carefully calculated value of a business. This term is used when the actual value of the business is calculated and not just a ballpark figure. Using a term like this will show that you are careful and calculated when giving figures.

Crowd funding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet.

Boot-strapping: A situation in which an entrepreneur or company has very little capital to work with. You see this a lot in startups, where founders use personal finances.

Strategic investment: A strategic investment is a transaction that is closely related to joint ventures. In strategic investments, one company makes an investment in another. These two companies enter into an agreement that are designed to serve shared business goals.

Offer fair value: Fair value is the sale price agreed upon by a willing buyer and seller, assuming both parties enter the transaction freely and knowledgeable.

Acid Test Ratio: This ratio compares the amount of cash + marketable securities + accounts receivable to the amount of current liabilities. Basically, it shows you how much money you have close to hand. As a bonus, here are 2 more business English phrases that all you finance professionals MUST use Boost the bottom line: This term means to increase profits, it is a very classy phrase to use and will certainly catch the eye of everyone listening.

Pay dividends: To give a share of the company’s profits to its shareholders. Most of the time, I have heard the term “Distributed to the shareholders”, using this term will make you sound more like a CFO!

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10 Business English Phrases for Customer Service

Vishaal: Hello, ABC, Inc. Vishaal speaking.

Piyush: Yes, hello. I have a question about my bill.

(Silence on the other end of the line)

Piyush: Hello? Are you still there?

Vishaal: Yes, but I don’t deal with that. I am transferring you to the billing department.

It is not a crime to be new on the job or to get a call that you do not know how to handle. It is part of the job. However, just knowing the right words to use can make all the difference in such situations. Remember the negative customer service experience above? Well, below is how the call service representative could have handled the call in a way that showed empathy – which means being in the other person’s shoes and dealing with the situation accordingly.

Vishaal: Hello, ABC, Inc. Vishaal speaking. How can I help you today?

Piyush: Yes, hello. I have a question about my bill.

Vishaal: It sounds like you need the billing department. I’ll transfer you to that number. Please stay on the line.

Piyush: Really. You have to transfer me? I’ve been on hold for the last 30 minutes. I followed all of your prompts to talk to you and now you’re telling me that you won’t help me?

Vishaal: I understand how frustrating that can be—let’s see how we can work this out. We can work together to answer your questions, but only if we can discuss the matter calmly.

Piyush: Of course. You see, here’s what happened, I have been overcharged for this month, there are some charges that should not be there.

Vishaal: I see. I’m going to have to consult with my managerMay I place your call on hold? I’ll be back with you soon—in 2 or 3 minutes max.

Piyush: Okay. Thank you

Vishaal: Thank you for holding. Here’s the answer to your question

Recap:

How can I help you today: Customers want the opportunity to explain in detail what they want and need. By asking how you can help, you begin the dialogue on a positive note. And by using an open-ended question, you invite discussion.

It sounds like you need: Usually, the call is simply sent to another departmentBy using this phrase, you have assured the customer that you have understood the problem and that you will try to help.

I’ll transfer you: When able, it is always desirable to transfer a customer rather than just giving another phone number. This shows that your company is taking care of the problem.

Please stay on the line: By saying this to the customer, you are assuring them that they don’t have to call back and someone will be with them shortly.

I understand how frustrating that can be: Most of the time customers are on the line for 30 minutes and have to follow prompts, this is quite annoying. Assure the customer that you know how it feels.

Work this out: This is a phrase that the customer wants to hear. Simply telling them that you will try is enough to calm them down.

Discuss the matter calmly: Most times customers are irritated and may shout on the phone. Staying calm and asking them to do the same help. This is a phrase you can use that will not offend the customer.

Consult with my manager: The most of the time we will simply put the customer on hold and discuss the issue. Giving a reason for the hold will let the customer know you are actually doing something about the problem.

May I place your call on hold?: The most common phrase is “Can I put your call on hold?” This is a better way of asking permission and being polite at the same time.

Thank you for holding: I have seen many times the representative going back to the customer by saying “Hello”.. Using this phrase is a way of telling the customer you remember he is on hold and you appreciate the fact that he was still online.

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15 Business English Phrases for Power Packed Presentations

The benefits of Phrases in a Presentation:

• helps to create an impact
• brings structure
• communicate with clarity
• helps express your ideas / accurately

My name is Piyush Bhatia and I am the Founder and CEO of BM English Speaking Institute Pvt. Ltd. With me, we have Vishal Lazarus who is a trainer with BM English Speaking and also a Corporate Soft Skills Trainer.

Hi Vishal…

We welcome you to the Season 2 of BM English Speaking Radio Channel. BUSINESS ENGLISH.

Today is this 8th episode of Season 2 which is titled

15 Business English Phrases for Presentations

1. WELCOME ATTENDEES: At the beginning of each presentation, you should welcome your audience. Depending on who you are addressing, you should extend a more or less formal welcome.
a. Good morning/afternoon/evening, ladies and gentlemen/everyone.
b. On behalf of “Company X”, allow me to extend a warm welcome to you.
c. Hi, everyone. Welcome to “Our Monthly Meeting”

2. INTRODUCING THE SPEAKER: The level of formality of your welcome address will also apply to how you introduce yourself. Customize it to match your audience.
a. Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is “David Smith” and I am delighted to be here today to talk to you about…
d. First, let me introduce myself. My name is “Piyush Bhatia” and I am the “Founder & CEO” of “BM English Speaking Institute”.
e. I’m “John” from “Company Y” and today I’d like to talk to you about…

3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR QUESTIONS: To ensure that a presentation is not disrupted by questions, it is advisable to answer questions at the very end. Inform your audience about this by using these phrases.
a) There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
b) I’ll gladly answer any of your questions once we complete the presentation.
c) I’d be grateful if you could ask your questions after the presentation.

4. SETTING UP THE STAGE: After the welcome address and the introduction of the speaker comes the presentation of the topic. Here are some useful introductory phrases.
a) Today I am here to talk to you about…
b) What I am going to talk about today is…
c) I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about…
d) I am delighted to be here today to tell you about…
e) I want to make you a short presentation about…
f) I’d like to give you a brief breakdown of…

5. TRANSITION: Use one of the following phrases to move on from one chapter to the next.
a) I’d now like to move on to the next part…
b) This leads me to my next point, which is…
c) Turning our attention now to…
d) Let’s now turn to…

6. PROVIDING EXAMPLES: Frequently, you have to use examples in a presentation. The following phrases are useful in that respect.
a) For example…
b) A good example of this is…
c) As an illustration,…
d) To illustrate this point…
e) For instance….

7. REFERENCE TO SOURCES: In a presentation, you frequently have to refer to external sources, such as studies and other data for example research reports, spreadsheets, white papers. Here are some useful phrases for marking these references.
a) Based on the research done by WHO….
b) According to the report…
c) Consumer Data in the white paper indicates…

8. GRAPHS AND IMAGES: Presentations are usually full of graphs and images. Use the following phrases to help your audience understand your visuals.
a) Let me use a graphic to explain this situation…
b) I’d like to illustrate this point by showing you a chart.
c) Let the pictures speak for themselves regarding the market survey
d) I think the infographic perfectly shows you the increase in revenue
e) If you look at this table/bar chart/flow chart/line chart/graph, you can see that…

9. TO LAY EMPHASIS ON: There are certain points in your presentation, which you want the audience to pay full attention to hence you should emphasize these points. Here are some suggestions.
a) It should be emphasized that…
b) I would like to draw your attention to this point…
c) Another significant point is that…
d) This is important because…

10. PARAPHRASE: At times it might happen that you expressed yourself unclearly and your audience did not understand your point. In such a case, you should paraphrase (restate) your argument using simpler language.
a) In other words…
b) To put it more simply…
c) What I mean to say is…
d) To put it in another way….
e) To express my point differently….

11. INVITING QUESTIONS: Questions are an integral part of a presentation. Use these phrases when you want to invite questions in a presentation.
a) I am happy to answer your questions now.
b) If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

12. FOR CLARITY: After answering a question from the audience, to check that the addressee has understood your answer and is satisfied with it.
a) Does this answer your question?
b) Did I make myself clear?
c) I hope this explains the situation for you.

13. UNFAMILIAR QUESTIONS: It may happen that you do not have/be expected to have an answer to a question. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Simply use one of the following phrases to address the fact.
a) That’s an interesting question. I don’t actually know off the top of my head, but I’ll get back to you later with an answer.
b) I’m afraid I’m unable to answer that at the moment. Perhaps, I can get back to you later.
c) That’s a very good question. However, I don’t have any figures on that, so I can’t give you an accurate answer.
d) Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to answer that.

14. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION: At the end of the presentation, you must summarize the important facts once again. You can use these phrases to summarise.
a) I’d like to conclude by…
b) Weighing the pros and cons, I come to the conclusion that…
c) In conclusion, let me sum up my main points.
d) Thank you all for listening. It was a pleasure being here today.
e) That brings me to the end of my presentation. Thank you for listening/your attention.
f) Well, that’s it from me. Thanks very much.
g) That brings me to the end of my presentation. Thanks for your attention.

15. HANDING OVER: If there is a speaker after your presentation, you can hand over to somebody else by using one of these phrases.
a) Now I will pass you over to my colleague ‘Jerry’.
b) ‘Arun’, the floor is yours

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10 Business English Phrases for Conference Calls

Piyush: Are we all on the call?

Vishaal: Yes

Piyush: Who is this?

Vishaal: This is Vishaal.

Piyush: Which office are you from?

Vishaal: I am from Andheri office.

Do some members in your conference call speak like this? There is a certain language or terminology that has to be used in a conference call.

My name is Piyush Bhatia and I am the Founder and CEO of BM English Speaking Institute Pvt. Ltd. With me, we have Vishal Lazarus who is a Corporate Soft Skills Trainer and also a trainer with BM English Speaking.

Hi Vishal…

We welcome you to the Season 2 of BM English Speaking Radio Channel. BUSINESS ENGLISH.

Today is this 7th episode of Season 2 which is titled

10 Business English Phrases for a Conference Calls

So, tighten your seatbelts, and get ready to learn 10 Business English Phrases for Conference Calls.

1) What is the first thing I say when I join a tele or video conference call?

  • Introduction: This is Vishaal Lazarus – Trainer from the Mumbai Andheri office.

2) What should say if someone interrupts when someone else is speaking?

Block an interruption: “Sorry Rahul, could we let Tina complete, please?”

3) How do I ask someone to add something to the conversation?

  • Nominate a speaker: “Manoj in Delhi, do you have anything you’d like to add?”

4) What if I want to add something to the conversation?

  • Announce yourself: “This is Vishaal in Mumbai….Could I add something to the topic?”

5) What are some phrases to manage technical problems?

  • Someone is not loud enough: “I’m afraid we can’t hear you very well. Can you please speak up?”
  • A technical problem on your end: “I think there’s a problem with the line. We’re looking into it now. Please give us a moment.”
  • A technical problem on the other end: “Unfortunately we are unable to hear what you saying?”
  • Phrases for various events:

6) What do I say when I want the participants to discuss the next point?

  • The next point on the agenda: “Could we please move to the next point on the agenda, production costs? Tarun in Chennai, could you tell us something about the proposed numbers, please?”

7) What if we need to introduce someone new in the room?

  • Someone enters the room: “One moment please, Neha from HR has just joined us.”

8) How do we ask for silence if we need to review a document?

  • A moment of silence: “Sorry everyone, we’re looking at the Excel Spreadsheets. Please give us a minute.”

Thank you, listeners, for being with us and as a bonus, here is a phrase to end a conference call.

  • We will circulate the minutes of the call within the hour. We appreciate each of you joining us from your locations.

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10 Business English Phrases for Sales Professionals

Vishaal: Hello Piyush. I am sure you have heard of BM English Speaking.

Piyush: Not really.

Vishaal: Well, we are a company that specializes in English Training. We have a line of products that are suitable for all your needs.

Piyush: Tell me a little more

Vishaal: Well, our training solutions range from classroom training to one on one, to Business, Leadership and Corporate training.

Piyush: How expensive are these training? Budget is a constraint.

Vishaal: We aim to come in low so that we can fit any budget you may have.

Piyush: So did this low price help you corner the market?

Vishaal: We focus on our customers and coming down in price was one way to show our preferred customers that we care about them.

Piyush: Oh Wow. So your company must have good contacts to get business.

Vishaal: Yes, we generate almost all our business through references and hence we don’t need to make cold calls to get more business.

Piyush: Great. So tell me, do you ever need to make hard sell.

Vishaal: Not really. It’s not difficult to move our products. In fact, our “practice at home” Cue Cards sell like hotcakes.

 Recap:

  • line of products
    – a group or category of products that are similar to each other
  • come in low
    – to offer a low amount price for a product or service
  • corner the market
    – to dominate a particular market with your product
  • come down in price
    – to lower the price of one’s product, to become cheaper
  • preferred customer
    – a customer who does much business with you and who you give special discounts to
  • have good contacts
    – to know people who can help you get a job or do some kind of business
  • make a cold call
    – to visit or telephone a potential but unknown customer from a list of people
  • a hard sell
    – a way of selling something that is very aggressive and uses much pressure
  • move a product
    – to sell a product
  • sell like hot cakes
    – to sell very quickly

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10 Business English Phrases for Meetings

Piyush: Hi Vishaal

Vishaal: Hello Piyush, thank you for setting up the meeting so quickly after our Introduction a few days ago.

Piyush: No problems, It’s just that we had to hold this meeting on a Saturday.

Vishaal: That is not a problem

Piyush: So, let’s call this meeting to order as we are all here now. I would like to open the meeting by welcoming you to our office.

Vishaal: Thank you.

Piyush: Where did you tell me you worked as a Trainer?

Vishaal: Well, I work at BM English Speaking Institute as a trainer.

Piyush: What all training do you’ll conduct?

Vishaal: We train learners in all aspects of English. Speech, Vocabulary, and public speaking. We also do personality development.

Piyush: So, I would like to lay a proposal on the table. In my organization, I would like to train my managers. Can I send them to you?

Vishaal: Absolutely, however, we can also send a trainer to your company if that is easier for you.

Piyush: That would be great. Let set a follow-up meeting to discuss the details.

Vishaal: Sure, I will circulate the agenda so that we can have a better discussion.

Piyush: Great and I will have someone send you the minutes of this meeting for your records.

Vishaal: Thank you. Shall we adjourn this meeting for today?

Piyush: Yes.

Vishaal: Thank you for your time. It was great to see you again

Piyush: Same here. Goodbye.

Recap:

  1. setting up the meeting: to make arrangements for a meeting
  2. hold this meeting: to conduct a meeting
  3. call this meeting to order: to start a meeting
  4. to lay a proposal on the table.: to present a matter for discussion
  5. follow-up meeting: to set up the next meeting.
  6. circulate the agenda: to distribute a list or other information about what will be discussed in a meeting
  7. the minutes of this meeting: the details of a meeting
  8. adjourn this meeting: to end a meeting
  9. run a meeting: to conduct a meeting
    eg: My boss is able to run a meeting very well
  10. open a meeting- to begin a meeting
    They opened the meeting by welcoming the new guests

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10 Business English Phrases for Impressive Emails


1) Opening an Email

Let me introduce myself…

Thank you for taking the time to [write to us/give us some feedback etc — something the customer has done for us]

2) Explaining Why You’re Writing 

This email is to confirm that… (e.g. This email is to confirm that we’ve received your payment.)

I’m writing to remind you about…

3) Making a Request

We would appreciate it if you would …

Would it be possible to…? (e.g. Would it be possible to have a quick chat on Monday?) 

4) Talking about Problems and Solutions

What would you like us to do about [problem]?

Here’s how we would like to take care of this issue.

5) Asking for Clarifications

Could you please clarify what you would like us to do about [problem]?

If I understood you correctly, you would like us to…?

6) Asking Questions

When would it be convenient for you to …?

Would you prefer to…?

7) Call to Action 

Request you to please meet/call.

If you’re interested, drop me a line and we can[action]

8) Giving Good News

It is my pleasure to let you know that [news]. 

I’m glad to tell you that… 

9) Giving Bad News

After careful consideration, we have decided (not) to …

Despite my best efforts, it has proved to be impossible to… 

10) Apologizing

I regret any inconvenience caused by…

Please accept my apologies. 

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10 Business English Phrases for Job Interviews

Purpose: The purpose of this Roleplay is to show listeners how to properly answer questions during a job interview. We teach them, however, if they listen, they will learn how to answer with the proper pauses and intonation.

Piyush: Hello Vishaal, thanks for coming today.

Vishaal: Thank you for having me for the interview.

Piyush: Now, why don’t you start by telling me about your employment background?

Vishaal: Sure. I have been a Training professional for the last ten years. I have worked in training and management roles with a number of companies. I started work with ABC company in 2002 as an executive, worked my way up to the training department and have been doing that ever since.

Piyush: What are some of the industries you’ve worked in?

Vishaal: I have worked in telecommunications, financial services, travel, and recruitment.

Piyush: What would you say your strengths are?

Vishaal: My strengths are in creating training modules specific to learners, processes to ensure more effective learning and manage students efficiently. This helps save time and money for my employers.

Piyush: What would you say are your weaknesses?

Vishaal: My weakness is getting too involved with my job. I find it difficult to give time to my family and friends; however, I am working at striking a better work-life balance.

Piyush: Why do you think you would be a good addition to this team?

Vishaal: I am a very hard worker and a team player. I believe in high-quality training and am focusing on getting the job done. I have the technical skills and the experience required to work well with your team and deliver results.

Piyush: Why did you leave your last job?

Vishaal: I decided to leave my last job because I wanted the opportunity to grow and excel with a high performing team, and I felt that I have gone as far as I could with my previous employer.

Piyush: Where do you want to be in 3 years?

Vishaal: I want to be working for your company in a leadership role with more responsibilities which I know I am capable to handle.

Piyush: Do you have any questions about the job?

Alright, Listeners, let’s do a recap and we will come To the questions as a part of the recap.

Recap:

  1. Thank you for having me for the interview.: Thanking the interviewer as the interview starts shows that you value their time. So, don’t just say Thank you, use this phrase.
  2. Have worked in various teaching and management roles: you MUST make it a smooth flowing answer. Don’t just list the years and companies you worked for. That is already on your CV
  3. I have worked in: AGAIN, Don’t only list the industries, use full sentences to make it like a conversation. This shows you are comfortable talking to new people.
  4. This helps save time and money for my employers: Always tell them how your strengths can benefit the company doesn’t only list your strengths.
  5. I am working at striking a better work-life balance: When asked about your weaknesses, always end on a positive note.
  6. I have the technical skills and the experience required to work well with your team and deliver results: When asked why you want to join, don’t only say, hard worker, explain.
  7. I felt that I have gone as far as I could with my previous employer: never say anything bad about your previous employer. Here you are saying that you want more responsibility but there is no more opportunity at your current job.
  8. I know I am capable to handle: Tell them that you already know you have the ability. This shows your attitude is very good and you are ready to work
  9. Phrases to use in job interview Questions ask the interviewer:

We must ask questions and use phrases, questions like:

What is the further process of the interview?

What will the orientation process consist of?

What is the further process of this interview?

How will I receive feedback on my performance?

What critical issues is the organization currently facing?

What traits do you consider critical to success in this position?

What other training and professional development opportunities exist within this department

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the position: Again, thanking them at the end shows that you value their time.

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10 Business English Phrases for Introductions


Purpose: The purpose of this Roleplay is to show listeners how to meet people for the first time. The conversation need not be long, but it can flow and be quite fulfilling if done correctly using Business English Phrases for an Impressive Introduction.

Vishaal: Hello, my name is Vishaal.

PIYUSH: Hello Vishaal, I’m Piyush.

Vishaal: Nice to meet you Piyush.

PIYUSH: What do you do for work Vishaal?

Vishaal: I am an English Trainer and I help students learn English quickly and easily. How about you Piyush? What do you do?

PIYUSH: I am a Business consultant. I help businesses increase their profits by creating efficient systems and processes.

Vishaal: Wow. That sounds interesting!

PIYUSH: Where do you teach Vishaal?

Vishaal: I train students at BM in Andheri, and my students are from all walks of life.

PIYUSH: How long have you been doing that for?

Vishaal: I have been training for 3 years now. How about you? Where are you based?

PIYUSH: I am based in Mumbai, India. My clients are based all over the country; however, most of them are in Mumbai.

Vishaal: Do you have a Business card? I’d like to contact you to help me get more business.

PIYUSH: Sure! Let’s have a conversation and see if we can work together. Give me your card also. If any of my clients are looking to improve their English I will send them in your direction.

Vishaal: I appreciate that very much

 Piyush. It was great to meet you.

PIYUSH: Same here, I will shoot you an email so we can schedule a meeting.

Vishaal: Thank you. Take care.

Recap:

10 business English phrases for impressive introductions I have used in This episode.

  1. Nice to meet you: Means you are glad or happy to meet the other person.
  2. I am an English Teacher and I help students learn English quickly and easily: When you use a complete phrase like this, it shows fluency. Don’t just say your company and designation.
  3. That sounds interesting: This shows you are listening to the speaker and if you are interested in the conversation, he will continue to talk with you.
  4. all walks of life: This means people of all ages from all backgrounds.
  5. been doing that for This means the person is still at his current job and you want to know from how many years he has been there.
  6. Where are you based: With this, you are asking which city or area the other person’s office is in.
  7. I’d like to contact you to help me get more business: Simply means that you would like to work with this person and help each other out.
  8. Send them in your direction: Which means “I will send them to your office”
  9. I appreciate that very much: A better way of saying “Thank you”, especially if you are talking to a foreigner.
  10. schedule a meeting: Means, let us set up a time and date for a meeting to discuss business.

These are 10 business English phrases that you must use at conferences in order to get more contacts for your organization.

We, at BM English Speaking Institute train freshers and middle-level managers, to speak English Fluently and Confidently. To know more about BM Advanced English Speaking Course

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Importance of Word Stress

What is word stress?

In English, every word is made up of “parts” or what is technically called “syllables”. we do not say each syllable with the same force or strength. In one word, we stress ONE syllable. We say one syllable very loudly (big, strong, important) and all the other syllables very quietly.

Let’s take 3 words: photograph, photographer and photographic. Do they sound the same when spoken? No. Because we accentuate (stress) ONE syllable in each word. And it is not always the same syllable. So the “shape” of each word is different

Why is Word Stress Important?

You might think that as long as you can communicate with English speakers (and you are probably already able to do so), it is not necessary to know which syllable should be stressed. However, word stress is an important part of speech. Here are some reasons why:

  • Native speakers rely on stress to process what they hear and use it to identify words.
  • Word stress affects the sounds of the vowels in the word.
  • Learners who know where to stress words are more confident in speaking and reading English.
  • Miscommunication between non-native speakers and native speakers of English can be the result of incorrect word stress patterns by the non-native speakers.
  • Knowing about word stress helps learners to identify words when listening.
  • Knowing the stress pattern of words can help you remember the pronunciation of new words.
  • Knowing stress rules will help you pronounce new words that you come across.
  • Once you know which syllable to stress in a word, it will be much easier to apply vowel reductions.

So, how do I know where to stress and where not to in a word?

That’s an interesting question, here are two very simple rules about word stress:

1. One word has only one stress. (One word cannot have two stresses. If you hear two stresses, you hear two words. Two stresses cannot be one word. It is true that there can be a “secondary” stress in some words. But a secondary stress is much smaller than the main [primary] stress, and is only used in long words.)

2. We can only stress vowels, not consonants.

Here are some more, rather complicated, rules that can help you understand where to put the stress. But do not rely on them too much, because there are many exceptions. It is better to try to “feel” the music of the language and to add the stress naturally

Resource for practice: https://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/word-stress-rules.htm

How to Speak Like a European

I want to speak like a brit, is it easy?

Speaking with a British accent can be one of the easiest things to do as our accent is closest to theirs.

How can I speak like a Brit?

You need to Master 4 Sounds to Speak with a British accent.

Shall we have a look?

Here are a few aspects to look at:

1. The-U’s

While in American English the “u” is often pronounced as oo, in British English it is pronounced more as ew with an emphasis on the last letter.

For example:

The word “tune” is pronounced as “tewn”  in British English and “toon” in American English or the word “duty” would be pronounced as “Dewty”  unlike American English where it would sound more like “Doody.”

Try to practice a few:

  • Tune
  • Duty
  • Stupid

Tongue twister: Luke stewed while he cooked a stew.

 2. The -A’s

In standard British English the sound of the “A’s” is distinctly an “ah” sound like that of the word “car”  or rather “cahr”.

Let’s practice a few:

  •  plant,
  •  can’t,
  •  bath,
  •  glass
  •  path

Tongue twister: Andrea and Andrew ate eight acid apples accidentally

3. The R’s

In the standard British accent it is uncommon to pronounce the final “r” of most words, rather it is left open at the end. Some examples would be:

  • Chair-Ch-eh
  • Cover-Cov-ah
  • Father-Fa-tha
  • Rather-Ra-tha

Tongue twister: Father, mother, brother, sister, hand-in-hand go together.

4. Finally, the T’s

“T’s” are very under-pronounced in American English and often even take the sound of the letter “d” like “wadder”-water. If you want to really impress a British English speaker it would be a  good idea to always pronounce your “t’s” properly both at the beginning, middle and end of a word.

Try practicing some of these with the open ending but a pronounced “T”.

  • Water
  • Waiter
  • Winter
  • Titanium

Tongue twister: Tea for the thin twin tinsmith

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5 Tips to Speak Like an American

I want to speak like an American, is it easy?

Speaking with an American accent can be hard for many reasons but the biggest challenge for some English learners is because certain sounds in Spoken American English are not found in other languages (and vice versa). For us Indians, we need to master certain sounds that Americans have that we don’t have. (Because our accent is closer to the British accent.

How can I speak like an American?

You need to Master 5 Sounds to Speak with an American Accent:

1. The sound /r/

  1. This is the most important sound that makes the difference between American and British Accents. All the Rs must be rolled.. for this, you need to keep the tongue back. Do not let your tongue touch inside your mouth. Round your lips and push forward.Examples:Ride, Rabbit, Hard, Fire, CarolTongue twister challenge: Ryan rode the railway to Romania and meet Reese and Rowan in Rome.

2. The sound /t/

  1. We usually make a softer T… the Americans make it sound like a TH.. or the Hindi  ठExamples:Tree, Team, Tom, Twelve, Tray, TameTongue twister challenge: Terry and Tom told Tim they want to try twelve trays of tea

3. The sound /p/

  1. Put your lips together firmly, stop the air completely, then pop the lips open. Not a vocal sound.Examples:Pot, Peter, Pay, Play, Help, AppleTongue twister challenge: Peter wanted to help Patty make the apple pie so he put the pot on the stove top.

4. The sound /sh/

Touch the palate with the sides of the tongue and release the air slowly through the passageway formed down the center of the tongue. This is NOT a sound made with your voice.

Examples:

Sugar, Sure, Mention, Chef, Chicago, Ocean

Tongue twister challenge: She wished she had mentioned about the shoes to the chef

5. The sound /K/ /C/

Bring the back of the tongue to the velum, stop the air completely and then release with a voiceless sound.

Examples:

Cat, Clean, Crazy, Kettle, Kean

Tongue twister challenge: The crazy cat cleaned the kettle and made a cup of caramel coffee.

How to Understand US_UK_Aus Accent

What is an accent?

An accent is a way a person or a group puts emphasis on different parts of a word. It also refers to the rhythm with which a person or a group speaks ANY language. It can also refer to the speed at which a person speaks

So how many types of accents are there?

Well, there are a lot.  There are a large array of different accents within primarily English speaking countries, like the US and England, and there are a large array of foreign English accents.

Can I learn an accent?

ABSOLUTELY…. The ability to learn accents and different dialects take training, patience and voice talent. As many people say, the best way to learn a foreign accent or dialect is to speak it. … One of the hardest things to learn in the voice acting business is speaking in other accents.

Right technique

How do I go about understanding people from the US?

It’s quite easy, we are exposed to US accent everytime we watch an English movie… here are some tips:

So today’s episode you’ll learn how to understand fast spoken English. Let’s go!

  1. UNDERSTAND REDUCTIONS IN ENGLISH SPEAKING

Americans reduce a lot of sounds when they speak. For example, you read “Don’t you want to get a coffee later?”

Then we squish it all together when we speak, and it becomes /Duhwntchuh wanna gedduh coffee layder?/ We reduce “don’t you” to /duhwntchuh/, “want to” becomes /wanna/ and “get a” becomes /gedduh/.

You have to notice these to start understanding real English. To help you, I created an American Accent Survival Kitthat gives you audio exercises for 12 everyday expressions. Go get it! Seriously. And it’s free!

  1. DON’T DEPEND ON SLOW ENGLISH

If you want to understand the way Americans really speak, you have to listen to real spoken English. A lot of books to study English give you audio that is slow, or clearly articulated. In the real world, it’s not like that. I’m sure you’ve noticed!

So you need to also study English the way it’s really spoken. My video series “Tame The Hot Potato” helps you do that. For each video, you can get a worksheet to help you understand our everyday conversations in real spoken English.

  1. KEEP ON PRACTICING YOUR ENGLISH

How many of you depend on television series and movies to improve your English comprehension? I know you do. TV is good and fun, but it’s not enough. You have to consciously work. Study. Do listening exercises

The site elllo.org is one of my favorites for this, plus you can watch this video for an idea on how to use the site to improve your listening skills. And there’s also this lesson and this lesson where you can do some exercises.

  1. PRACTICE THE “AUDIO FLOOD”

If you’re thinking “Vishaal” I don’t even understand ‘audio flood’!”, let me explain. A flood is like when it rains a lot, a lot, a lot, and there’s a lot of water everywhere. In the streets, the houses. That’s a flood.

You have to flood your brain with audio in English. This is where movies and TV series are useful. You can also listen to American radio stations with the smartphone app TuneIn Radio.

Or listen to podcasts in English. My favorite for learning English is All Ears English because it’s English lessons but in real spoken English.

  1. PRACTICE YOUR ACTIVE VS PASSIVE LISTENING

You see, there’s a difference between active and passive listening. And you need both. Most students have too much passive listening and that’s why their comprehension improves slowly.

You have learned a few activities earlier, and here’s one more active listening activities that will boost your comprehension AND your pronunciation:

Shadow reading. Here’s how you do shadow reading.

  1. Get the transcript of the audio you listen to. For example, on elllo. You have the transcript of each audio on the site.
  2. As you listen, you read with the speaker. Not listen and repeat. You match the speaker’s speed, intonation, everything.

It’s that simple! This makes you more conscious of how the words sound when they’re spoken at normal “American” speed.

And what is the British accent easier to understand?

Well, when a person says “British accent” often we may get confused, as the British accent on it’s own doesn’t exist; remember that Britain consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all of which have distinct English speaking accents.

What we are going to focus on today is the typical standard British accent or rather something closer to the “Queen’s English”.

Now let’ talk about the Australian accent, how is that different?

So, I have heard visitors to Australia often remark about the difficulty in understanding the language. People from non-English speaking backgrounds who may have had the chance to study English at home still struggle to comprehend the Aussie vernacular and accent. Even Those from English-speaking countries such as the USA and England even find things difficult on occasion.

Why is it so difficult to understand Australian Accent?

When it comes to understanding the Australian accent, it’s useful to point out that not all Australians speak exactly the same way. But unlike other countries, where accents vary slightly depending on the part of the country from which someone comes, in Australia accents are more likely to differ based on class factors. Two people living in the city on opposite sides of the country — say, Sydney and Perth — might sound exactly the same, despite the distance. However, someone from the rural areas of Victoria is likely to sound different to someone coming from it’s capital, Melbourne.

Australian accents can be split into three categories — broad, general and cultivated. Broad accents are generally used by rural Australians and can be likened to the exaggerated accents people like Paul Hogan and Steve Irwin presented to the world. General accents are the most common and are most likely to be used in metropolitan areas; Aussies like Hugh Jackman or Jennifer Hawkins employ this kind of accent. Finally, there’s the cultivated Australian accent, which has more similarities to British English and can be heard by the likes of Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis

So how do we go about understanding the Australian Accent?

One of the most common habits of Australian language is the tendency for speakers to run words into each other. While most Australians will avoid this when speaking one on one with someone from another country, if a foreigner finds themselves in a mixing in a group of most Australians, they often find the conversation hard to follow. In some cases, Australians will leave off certain syllables altogether; the suffix “ing”, for example. “I’m going to the football tonight”, then, may become “I’m go’n the football tonight” when many Australians are speaking in their local dialect.

Any difference in words in Australian English?

Australians also have a tendency to avoid pronouncing the “R” at the end of words. For example, a word like “bar” will be pronounced “ba” and a word like “doctor” will be pronounced “docta”. They also often shorten common words by taking the first syllable and adding a vowel. “Afternoon” will become “arvo”, service station will become “servo”, barbecue will become “barbie” and breakfast will become “brekky”. This is also commonly done with people’s names; somebody with the surname “McDonald” will probably become “Macca”, and someone with the surname “Roberts” will generally become “Robbo”.

You may also notice  Australians use terms that you recognize in a way you may not be familiar with. Take the term “heaps”, for example, which is used in place of “really”. Something that is “really good” will be “heaps good”, or someone who is really sick will be described as “heaps sick”. Although we should point out, sick doesn’t necessarily mean “ill”, either — in Australia it could mean “great”! Yep, we’re a confusing bunch.

Finally, one final thing to note is that Australians have a habit of answering a question with a double negative. “Not bad” is a common response to the question “how are you”. If an Australian agrees with something you’ve said, they may say, “You’re not wrong.” Or perhaps they think something is nice, or good — they might say that it’s “not too shabby.

Listen to interviews of popular Australian Hollywood actors on youtube, actors like Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth (He acts in the Avenger’s movies as Thor), Hugh Jackman or watch Australian shows like  Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters.

Resources:
 www.elllo.org

www.dialectsarchive.com

Techniques to Eliminate Your MTI

How to remove MTI?

There are certain sounds that we must practice in order to remove our MTI.

As mentioned earlier, we need to identify from where we come in order to understand which part of MTI we need to remove.

Let’s look at the most common sound errors:

  1. If we are from North Or West India, we have a problem with the S and SH sound
  • The S is pronounced as the  in Hindi and
  • The SH is Pronounced as the .

Before we move on to words, we MUST practice the sounds.

In order to make the S sound, We must place the tongue flat on the roof of the mouth, stretch your lips like you are smiling and let the air out and say Ssssssss…..Ssssssssss

For the SH sound, we have to place the tongue flat on the roof of the mouth, ROUND your lips and say Shhhhh…Shhhh….

Now practice both sounds

S, Sh, S, Sh, S, Sh, S, Sh,

Now move on to words, here is a tongue twister:

She Sells Sea Shells on the sea shore.

You must first practice only the S and Sh sounds slowly first and then quicker, then try the Tongue twister one word at a time

  1. People from East India, mostly have a V and W pronunciation issue.
  • To pronounce the “V”, place your bottom lip lightly under the top teeth and say “V”. Do NOT round your lips. Again V

Try this tongue twister: Vincent Vowed Vengeance Very Vehemently

To pronounce the “W” sound, round your lips and push the air out, and say Wh.. Again Wh

Try this tongue Twister:

Whether  the  weather is cool. Whether the  weather is hot.

We will enjoy the weather. Whatever the weather be

  1. People from South India mostly have a speed issue.

The first thing is for us to speak slowly. As Indians, we speak at approximately 130 words per minute. The reason for this is that our Mother Tongues are spoken very fast and since a young age, we are used to hearing and understanding that speed.

Here is an exercise to slow down:

  1. Choose a text that is approximately 75-200 words long. Pick something that you think you can read easily, such as a book from one of your English classes, or even a newspaper.
  2. Now, Read the passage and time yourself. See how long it took you to read the passage.
  3. Read the same passage again, but Add 15 seconds to your time… For Example, If it takes you 3 minutes the first time, the same passage should take you 3 minutes 15 seconds.
  4. Read the same passage again, add another 15 seconds. So, the passage that took you 3 minutes should take you 3 minutes 30 seconds.

There are other sounds that we need to practice. The table below can help. Follow the instructions.

AH AW OH OO AY EE I
MARK MAUL MOAN MOON MANE MEAN MINE
PART PAUL POLE POOL PAIN PEEP PIE
TAR TALL TOLL TOOL TAKE TEETH TIE
LARK LAWN LOAD LOO LAKE LEAK LIE
SAAB SAW SNOW SOON SANE SEEN SIGN
BAR BORN BONE BOON BAIL BEEN BILE
TART TAUGHT TOE TOOL TAIL TEAL TILE
FAR FALL FOE FOOL FAIL FEEL FILE
GUARD GOD GOAD GOON GAIL GEEK GUY
HARD HALL HOLE HOOP HAIL HEAT HI
NASTY NOT NO NOON NAIL NEAT NIGHT
CAR COST COAT COOL CAKE KEEP KITE

Download 350+ Tongue Twisters…  

7 Tips for Voice Modulation

What is voice modulation?

Voice modulation is the skill which helps you to emotion into the message you want to convey.

It helps you to decorate your sentence with the expression, proper emotions and perfect use of the pitch.

What’s the difference between accent, pronunciation, and voice modulation? Are they all the same or different?

An accent is a way a person or a group puts emphasis on different parts of a word. It also refers to the rhythm with which a person or a group speaks ANY language. It can also refer to the speed at which a person speaks.

Pronunciation generally refers to the clarity and correctness of the spoken word. For example, if you say “coach” for “couch” that is incorrect.

Voice modulation is generally something associated with singing, however, everyone modulates his/her voice to some extent, on a daily basis. People shout when they are excited, they whisper when they want to be secretive, they may exaggerate certain sounds, and so on. This is a natural and normal aspect of speech.

Why is it important?

Voice Modulation is an important aspect of Effective communication. Without Voice Modulation, your speech would sound flat. there are basically 6 benefits to modulation:

  1. Binds the audience
  2. Expresses emotions
  3. Shows confidence
  4. Speech becomes interesting
  5. Allows speaker to stress/draw the attention of a listener
  6. Brings clarity in Communication

How do I modulate my voice?

Voice modulation depends on 4 aspects:

  1. Pitch: the pitch is the volume of your voice. Example if you are angry your voice gets loud if you are sad your volume is soft, if you want to tell a secret, you whisper.
  2. Pace: Pace is your speed.. for example, if you are nervous or scared, you speak very fast, if you are relaxed, you speak with a clear and calm tone.
  3. Pause: Pause refers to the breaks we take in our sentences. We pause for many reasons. A few are at a comma, at a full stop (thought complete), we should also pause after giving important information, this will give the listener time to understand everything you have said.
  4. Tone: Tone is the emotion with which you speak. This is the most important part of modulation. You must speak with emotion as it will convey how you feel about the topic.

Are there any exercises to practice?

Absolutely. Here are 7 handy tips to help you practice.

  1. Record your voice: listen to it and see how flat it is.
  2. Sing along technique: Pick your favorite English song. Listen to the way the singer sings and try to imitate and record yourself singing. Now listen and compare both. Pick Ed Sheeran.
  3. The shut-eye technique: Pick a movie, listen to some of the dialogue with your eyes closed.. can you make out what the actor is feeling? Now try and do the same… watch the clip of My fair lady “the rain in Spain” the link of which is on our website.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVmU3iANbgk

  1. Pitch your voice: if your voice is low, do the loud reading techniques. Read from 3 steps back and read a passage. See how clear you are. If you cannot hear each word clearly, read again in a louder voice.
  2. Pace balance: read for 2 mins. Add 5 seconds.
  3. Pause for a cause: read a passage newspaper, at a comma count 1 in your head and read again. At a full stop count 2 and move on… do this daily for 10 minutes.
  4. Tune your Tone: Try to repeat my tone in this passage.

Common Indianisms

What are Indianisms?

It is a fact well known and acknowledged that while we Indians don’t exactly speak the Queen’s English, the educated Indian’s grasp of the language per se is reasonably strong.

Most Indians are bilingual (at the very least), speaking their mother tongue as well as English.

As a result, due to the brain-to-tongue translation process, some uniquely Indian phrases have been born

Indianism refers to a word or phrase which is a characteristic of Indian English. Indianism may also refer to the way a sentence has been structured as if it was literally translated from an Indian language to English

How do Indianisms affect our communication?

As you know the ability to deliver clear high-impact communication is among the top 3 skills required to become a successful business leader.  However, I believe there’s an ability which is even more fundamental to workplace success – the ability to use a correct expression, phrase and word in one’s day- to- day written and oral communication. Of we use words and phrases that are purely Indian, it can deliver an unclear and sometimes an incorrect message.

What are some common Indianisms?

‘’What’s your good name?’’  – this again is a translation from the sweet Hindi opener ‘aapka shubh naam kya hai?’’ ; the lift n shift from the Hindi to English doesn’t make sense,  especially in business communication.

‘Different different’ – a straight lift from the Hindi expression ‘alag-alag’ . Probably the most frequently used expression in India. A habit of thinking in Hindi makes us add the second ‘different’ to the sentence.

‘Passing out’

When you complete your studies at an educational institution, you graduate from that institution

You do not “pass out” from that institution.

To “pass out” refers to losing consciousness, like after you get too drunk, though I’m not sure how we managed to connect graduating and intoxication

‘Prepone’

“Let’s prepone the meeting from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.”

Because the opposite of postpone just has to prepone, right… INCORRECT.. you “Bring the meeting forward”

There is an entire list on our website with corrections that you can go through and change..

Any other Indianisms apart from words and phrases?

Absolutely. Our grammar leaves a lot to be desired of. Especially the way we ask questions. The use of Na kya, or what.

We ask questions with the tone of our voice and not with proper grammar.

For example:

You are going for the meeting?

Should be:

Will you be at the meeting?

How do we fix this?

The first thing we need to do is correct our grammar. We as ind8ans love to use the continuous tense.. everything is “ing”.. going, coming, doing. English as a language has a tense for every situation and we MUST use them.

Next, learn to ask questions correctly and not with the tone of our voice.

Next, learn the correct terms and use them (look at the list on the site) especially in business communication.

Think in English. If we translate directly, everything goes wrong. You CANNOT translate from one language to another, the grammar is completely different.

Understanding Intonations

What is intonation?

All languages have their own distinct melody or music. This music of languages is called intonation, and it’s something you probably don’t even think about when speaking your native language. Intonation is the rise and fall of your voice when you speak. Many times, it’s just as important as your words in expressing what you want to say.

For example when you are angry your voice gets louder and when you are scared you voice gets softer or when you want to tell a secret, you whisper

Why is Intonation important?

Using the right intonation can actually change the meaning of your words.

For example:

I didn’t say he stole the money.

Are there types of intonation?

Yes, the two main types are

Rising and falling intonation

You use rising intonation when you ask a question and you use falling intonation when you make a statement.

How can I learn intonation?

The best way to learn is practice.

To improve your intonation, you will first need to become aware of it. So before you do anything, record yourself speaking. Choose a paragraph that has different kinds of sentences, read it and record. Now get someone who knows English well to record the paragraph. Listen to them and try and repeat.

Next, pick your favorite English movie on YouTube. Play and listen to the actors. Can you hear the feeling in their voice? Now try and repeat the dialogues with the same feelings.

You must practice this daily.

How to Eliminate Pronunciation Errors

What is pronunciation?

Pronunciation is the way in which a word or a language is spoken. This may refer to generally agreed-upon sequences of sounds used in speaking a given word or language in a specific dialect (“correct pronunciation”), or simply the way a particular individual speaks a word or language

Why do we have pronunciation errors?

We come from a region where there is no fuss about pronunciation. Maatraas make it easier. We have a well-defined structure of phonetics in Indian languages. We are used to that rich well defined phonetic. We should be proud of that, however, English is given a lot of importance today and we must learn the correct pronunciation

For example:

1. Picture

Wrong pronunciation: pi-ther

Correct pronunciation: pik-cher

2. Sewage

Wrong pronunciation: sea-wage

Correct pronunciation: soo-ij

3. Executive

Wrong pronunciation: exe-cu-tive

Correct pronunciation: exec-i-tive

4. Relative

Wrong pronunciation: re-la-tive

Correct pronunciation: rel-uh-tiv

5. Tortoise

Wrong pronunciation: tor-toise

Correct pronunciation: tawr-tuh

How to improve my pronunciation?

Improving pronunciation can only be done with practice. Practicing daily causes what is called muscle memory, our lips and tongues being muscles remember how to pronounce a word only if we practice enough.

Here are a few steps to help you improve:

  1. Learn to listen: Before you learn how to speak, you’ll need to learn how to listen. Keep your ears open around people who speak English. Listen to the way they pronounce words and try to repeat.
  2. Learn from someone who speaks well: You must f8nd someone with a neutral accent and learn the proper position of the tongue and lips.
  3. Make a list of common words you use. Ask a fluent speaker to pronounce the words and record them. Listen to them and try to pronounce them the same way.
  4. Until you learn the correct pronunciation SPEAK SLOWLY. Of you speak very fast, you will go back to the old way of pronouncing.
  5. Pronounce the ending of each word especially the S and D.
  6. Video Record yourself: This is one of the most effective tools you can use. When you record yourself, you can see the movement of your lips and see if you are pronouncing them correctly.

All about Mother Tongue Influence

What is Mother Tongue influence?

Mother tongue influence is a global term that is used. The correct full form for MTI as we locally call it is Mother Tongue Interference, but we refer to it in our day to day life as Mother tongue influence. Mother Tongue interference is the base or our native language that interferes with our English Speaking.

Do only Indians only have Mother Tongue Influence?

Not at all, and this is something that we all think that only we Indians have this, but, Mother tongue interference or MTI is in everybody who speaks more than one language, so anybody who speaks 2 languages wherein they speak their Native language at home and outside they speak English, all of these people have Mother Tongue Interference, for example, if you look at the Far East countries like Japan, China, Hong Kong etc.. They speak very quickly with very short words. The reason for this is because their base language which is Japanese or Mandarin (as in the case of China or Hong Kong) has very short syllables so that is what interferes with their English speaking. If you look at the European countries Like Italy or Spain, their base language has very long drawn sounds, so is why their language sounds very easy and slow. So, everybody has a Mother Tongue Influence, if they speak 2 languages.

How does Mother tongue influence affect us?

Mother tongue influence affects us in the following ways:

  1. Kills our Confidence
  2. Pronunciation errors
  3. Stage Fear
  4. No job
  5. No promotion

How to identify MTI?

New to the language, it will be difficult. Look at where you come from. If from the North “Pleasure” and “Pleasure”; Bengal “V” and “W”; West coast “S” and “SH”

Listen to people who speak English, look at lip movements.

How to eliminate MTI?

  1. Make a list of common words, use Oxford English dictionary app to pronounce or find someone who speaks well and as them to pronounce while you record. Use the recording to practice.
  2. Read aloud and record. Play it back and listen.
  3. Watch English News channels, especially Indian English news channels.

Practice a lot. Practice makes perfect.